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The Local’s Confronting Coronavirus series nominated for major European media award

A series of solutions-focused articles in which The Local’s journalists took an in-depth look at responses to the coronavirus pandemic has been shortlisted for the European Digital Media Awards 2021.

The Local's Confronting Coronavirus series nominated for major European media award
People register to get vaccinated against Covid-19 at a pop-up vaccination station in Berlin on July 16th, 2021. Photo: Stefanie Loos/AFP

The Local’s Confronting Coronavirus series is competing in the European Digital Media Awards’s Best Project for News Literacy category, against AFP’s fact check training videos and The Guardian Foundation: Education Centre and NewsWise.

The category recognises “projects aimed at enhancing news literacy skills, promote critical thinking and further the smart consumption of news”.

The winner is set to be announced by WAN-IFRA – World Association of News Publishers – on July 22nd.

The Local’s nine European news sites have together published nearly 8,000 articles about the pandemic to date. In our Confronting Coronavirus series, our journalists took an in-depth look at our countries’ pandemic responses through a Solutions Journalism lens.

Solutions Journalism is evidence-based journalism that moves from reporting only on the problem to looking at what possible solutions exist, things people are doing to try to make things better and how these solutions are working – and what’s not working.

The series was supported by a $5,000 grant from the Solutions Journalism Network, a non-profit organisation dedicated to rigorous and compelling reporting about responses to social problems. Thanks to this grant, articles in the series were free for other media outlets to republish under a Creative Commons licence.

The Confronting Coronavirus was published in the summer of 2020. You can read all articles in the series here, as well as a couple of articles published after the grant period ended.

As well as the Solutions Journalism Network, we are grateful for our community of paying members. If you would like to support The Local in our goal to provide essential and responsible English-language reporting from across Europe, find out more here.

Here are all the finalists in the European Digital Media Awards 2021:

Best News Website or Mobile Service

Best Paid Content Strategy

Best in Audience Engagement

Best Project for News Literacy

Best Digital Marketing Campaign for a News Brand

Best Use of Online Video

Best Data Visualisation

Best Special Project for Covid-19

Best Digital Audio Project

Member comments

  1. Congratulations on the nomination for European Digital Media Awards 2021! Your reporting and analysis features, “explainers”, etc. have been so helpful to me the past three years. You are my first stop – primary source – in many cases.

    So, does that mean my subscription amount goes up? 😉 I’m joking around, of course. But, I will certainly send a little extra to you just because. I am constantly referring people to your site, so hopefully that will raise your profile, at least throughout my friends and colleagues.

  2. Congratulations! Under the pandemic, how much you have helped me! I can not even think surviving without your news.

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The Local offers free training on migration reporting for student and early career journalists

Are you a journalism student or early career journalist based in the EU? Are you interested in learning more about responsible reporting on migration – and putting those skills into practice?

The Local offers free training on migration reporting for student and early career journalists
The sessions will allow you to meet and work with other journalists across Europe, and receive mentoring from The Local's team.

Applications for the training are now closed and we are excited to have heard from so many journalists who are interested in constructive migration reporting. If you signed up, we will get in touch with you by September 10th to let you know if your application was successful. If you missed the application period but would like to be sent the training materials, we will be happy to share them — contact [email protected]. Thanks for your interest! 

The Local's journalists will be running free training sessions for new journalists interested in migration reporting in September and October 2020, during which you will work on an article on a migration-related topic of your choice.

Who is this training for?

We want to hear from journalism students, recent journalism graduates, and journalists in the first three years of their careers. You should have an interest in reporting about migration, but you do not need to have previously published work.

Because this project is supported by EU funding, the training is only open to people who either live or work in the EU (including the UK). Register your interest by filling out the form at the bottom of this page, before August 31st 2020.

What does the training include?

There will be four sessions of 1 hour-1.5 hours, taking place online over six weeks.

We'll introduce solutions journalism methodology (so don't worry if you've never heard of it before), explore how it can be applied to migration reporting, and walk you through how to find, report and write your story. There's no one-size-fits-all approach, so to help you put the skills into practice you'll be working on an article throughout the course.

You'll get the chance to meet and work with other journalists across Europe working on similar topics, receive training from The Local's journalists, and have the chance of extra mentoring and feedback on your work between the sessions. The training is free.

Earlier this year, we hosted a similar course for journalists already experienced in solutions or migration reporting. You can read more about what we covered, and what they said, here.

When will the training happen?

The training will take place entirely online due to the coronavirus crisis, using Zoom. There will be four sessions: September 22nd (2pm-3.30pm), September 29th (2pm-3.30pm), October 13th (2pm-3pm), and October 27th (2pm-3pm).

What's expected of me?

Please register your interest before August 31st 2020. We ask that you do your best to attend each session as you'll get the most out of the course through the group work. 

As part of the training, you'll write an article on a subject of your choosing, which you'll work on in the third and fourth sessions and in your own time in between. The article must be written in English, but our journalists will offer help with editing. 

Your finished article may be published on The Local and/or the website of the MAX project which funds this training; we cannot offer payment, but you will retain copyright to your article if you wish to pitch it elsewhere – which we encourage you to do! Part of the training will include advice on pitching this type of story, and we'll share resources with all participants.

Participation in the training is free. 

I don't meet the criteria, can I still get involved?

Yes! We will make some of the training materials publicly available at the end of the project. If you're not a student or early career journalist, not based in the EU, or if you can't commit to the sessions, you can contact us and we will add you to our mailing list to be notified when this happens. 

What's The Local, and what is MAX?

The Local is an English-language news network currently operating in nine countries across Europe. We've been covering Europe's news in English for 15 years, and we write for Europe's foreign-born residents.

We know migration can be good, bad and everything in between, and that too often it's the 'everything in between' that gets left out of media coverage. Our journalists have developed this curriculum, using Solutions Journalism methodology, as a way of tackling that.

MAX is an EU-wide project funded by the EU's Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund, and the training is funded by this project. The aim of MAX is to expand the public narrative around immigration in Europe and highlight stories of real people who have migrated and the communities they have joined. This training from The Local is one part of the project, which also includes research and events. Please note that the EU and project partners have no say in which stories you choose to write about or how.